Search

Barbican plans Gaultier-inspired fashion hub in Hackney

10:20 27 March 2014

The derelict building in Ram Place which will be used for the Beyond Barbican fashion market.

The derelict building in Ram Place which will be used for the Beyond Barbican fashion market.

Archant

Jean Paul Gaultier’s penchant for street fashion will inspire a cutting-edge pop-up market in a derelict building at the heart of Hackney’s fashion hub this summer as part of the Barbican’s outreach programme.

Jean Paul GaultierJean Paul Gaultier

The Ram Place Fashion Market was ­announced last night at the prestigious arts centre, as part of its ­annual Beyond Barbican programme which sees gigs, festivals and performances beyond the theatre walls.

For nine days in July the roofless warehouse shell in Ram Place, off Morning Lane, will be transformed into a market celebrating contemporary alternative fashion and street style, along with workshops for budding ­designers.

The project will run alongside next month’s exhibition at the Barbican focusing on Jean Paul Gaultier, who was heavily influenced by street fashion, and would travel to London in the 90s to check out what people were wearing in the capital’s clubs.

Director of arts at the Barbican, Louise Jeffreys said: “We chose Hackney partly because that area is going to be developed as a fashion district.

Jean Paul Gaultier's first women's pret a porter collectionJean Paul Gaultier's first women's pret a porter collection

“We thought there was exciting potential to do it there.

“Street fashion is what ordinary people come up with and couture designers tend to notice and turn it into something a bit more bespoke,

“You just need to sit in a café in Hackney and see how people have done amazingly inventive things themselves with their clothes. It might be something picked up from a second hand shop, but some people have talents and can make it look extraordinary.”

Fashion commentator and set designer Jeff Horsley will ­design the space and curate the market to showcase local, emerging and established ­design talent, and will lay on a programme of free activities in the space, which will contain a bar and café.

“It’s going to be a challenge but it’s also a fantastic site. We aren’t going to conceal the fact it’s derelict,” said Mr Horsley.

Free activities will range from workshops led by highly skilled artisans in couture, ­activities and performances hosted by leading fashion world performers, music events and talks on fashion and society.

Stalls will be given to new graduates, east London designers and rising stars of fashion whose work represents or ­reflects London’s contemporary street and club culture.

Arts organisation Create London will recruit 30 local young people who will be mentored by fashion and design employers and benefit from work experience in a project supported by the Mayor’s Fund for London.

Ms Jeffreys said: “It will be really interesting to see whether the concept gathers steam and has a legacy that people want to continue.”

n Ram Place runs from Saturday July 12 to Sunday July 20, from 11am to 10pm daily.

0 comments

Latest Hackney News Stories

Fri, 16:38
Middleton Road at 8.30am during rush hour

Hackney Council looks set to scrap controversial plans to shut off 13 roads in London Fields to through traffic, after a report found “a high level of opposition from those who would be affected”.

Fri, 14:44
Clive Watt

A thief who launched a “callous and cowardly attack”, stealing the purse of a 92-year-old woman as she tried to board a bus and leaving her traumatised to this day, has been jailed.

Fri, 12:45
Youngsters at a workshop at the Geffrye Museum

Free summer half-term holiday activities for two to 16 year olds are being held at the Geffrye Museum next week for half term, inspired by the current exhibition about servants in households.

Fri, 10:00
Traveller caravans at the beginning of the century

A lively Irish dance workshop, a fun-filled Gypsy sing along and walking treasure hunt tours of Hackney are just a handful of the free events laid on for June to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

Thu, 17:21
Pupils from Jubilee Primary school on a visit to the Woodberry Wetlands and being shown around by Hamish Burnett from the London Wildlife Trust

Youngsters overcame their “suspicion” of mini-beasts and discovered a menagerie of wildlife lurking under the water in ponds, on a day to get them back in touch with nature.

Thu, 13:53
Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and recovered firearms

An armed police operation is being launched to tackle London’s gun crime in areas like the East End with the highest levels of firearms being used by gangs.

Thu, 12:12
The trophies presented for the Civic Awards. Photo Gary Manhine

Five community stalwarts who help make Hackney a better place to live were honoured at a first-of-its-kind Town Hall ceremony last night.

Thu, 07:00
Caught on camera: Rats at the water feature in Butterfield Green

Youngsters are paddling in and even drinking water that is “literally crawling with rats” at a play area in Stoke Newington, parents have warned.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hackney Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe